The Albany Planning Commission will do something unusual Monday — considering permitting an apartment house that has been an apartment house for a long time.
The commission will hold a hearing on an application to “convert an existing structure” at 1127-1195 Sixth Ave. S.E. into a multifamily building with 13 units.
If you go past the place in the 1100 block of Sixth Avenue S.E., as I did last week, you’ll see that apartments are already there, and have been for a long time. I went around the building and counted 13 doors with address numbers.
The building, a former warehouse, was turned into apartments several years ago without the required approvals, according to the staff report to the planning commission. County tax records include a notation that the property was listed in 1994 as having 10 apartments completed and three or four “roughed in.”
A conditional use permit is required for apartments in the “Main Street” zoning district, which covers this location. The staff report says the city has a “compliance case” on the property. The current application seems to be the result.
The planning staff says the application meets the requirements of the development code. They recommend approval with conditions.
One condition is completion of a sidewalk, curbs and gutters along the frontage on Sixth Avenue.
The property is owned by Bash Residential LLC of Portland, which bought it for $700,000 in 2017. A management firm from Tigard filed for the conditional use permit.
The planning commission meeting starts at 5:15 p.m. Monday. It should be the last to be held remotely, via the Internet. Any day now the state’s restrictions related to Covid are supposed to end. (hh)
Postscript: The planning commission held its hearing as scheduled and unanimously approved the conditional use permit. There was no public comment and no debate. The applicant’s representative said the project would bring the apartments up to code and make no major other changes.